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ロ-チケ Interview: Mingyu & DK

Hello Hello! It’s your favourite kpop stan here again writing about SEVENTEEN. This time I actually went to Lawson to pick up the free ロ-チケ (Lawson Ticket) Magazine that had a short segment dedicated to SEVENTEEN. This months interview is with Mingyu and DK.

Since I’m free during this semi-lockdown period, I decide to take the time to translate their interview! Hopefully I’ll be able to continue and translate for future member’s interview as well. Please note that I am no native speaker, nor am I a professional translator so.. please excuse any mistakes! 😅If you do notice any, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter 👌🏻I included the full page of the interview at the end of the post!

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Interview with Mingyu

Kim Mingyu
Hip Hop Team
Birthday: April 6th, 1997
Blood Type: B

最近ハマっている映像編集。いつか僕の視点を映像にして届けたい。

ミンギュ

How did you feel when you met Japanese Carat for the first time?

When I stood on stage during our first Japan Concert and saw all of our Japanese Carats — it was such a mysterious feeling. I wondered, “We’re in Japan so why do they know about us?” Also, when I heard that our concert tickets sold well, I thought to myself, “Ahh~ thank goodness!”

How did you feel when you placed 1st on a music show for the first time?

We were on stage with other artists and fans and I heard our name called out then the confettis fell from above— It was a very strange feeling. Honestly, that’s all I could recall. It was really unexpected, so I was surprised. Also, rather than “Hooray! We got first place”, I thought “We have to try even harder from now on”.

As SEVENTEEN, you have challenged yourselves to various things. Please give some advice to people who would like to challenge themselves.

Just try it out, that’s what I always do. No matter what it is, starting out isn’t actually that hard. Mastering that somethinghowever, is the difficult part. So don’t think too much about it and go ahead and give it a try! In the event you feel like dropping it, the important thing is that you actually tried it to begin with. Lately I’ve been into video editing. I want to be able to express myself through videography one day.

You have been on a World Tour since your Seoul show in August of 2019. How does this World Tour compare with your first one?

Thinking back at the first tour we had, we were so passionate, I think we probably put too much energy into it. However now, I feel that I’ve learn to control myself more. No matter where or when, I want to be able to give 100% in my performance.

Tell us about a time you felt that “I can converse in Japanese!”

Before, I wouldn’t be able to continue conversations with our Japanese Staff members. However,  lately it feels like I am able to continue the conversation better. I am studying Japanese so that I am able to communicate with our Japanese Carats. I want to perfect my Japanese more! I don’t want to use incorrect Japanese in front of everyone. But even now, I’m sure I am still making mistakes while speaking in Japanese (lol).

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Interview with DK

DK
Vocal Group
Birthday: February 18th, 1997
Blood Type: RH-O

好きな者同士は似ていく。CARATとSEVENTEENもそうだと思う

ドキョム

How did you feel when you met Japanese Carats for the first time?

It was even before we officially debuted in Japan, I was so touched by the amount of passionate supporters who showered us with so much love. I was so happy, I felt that I need to work harder.

How did you feel when you placed 1st on a music show for the first time?

I was trembling a lot, I couldn’t believe it. Everyone was crying, but I was so touched that I could’t even shed a tear. We received the trophy, took pictures with it, and let the fact that we finally won 1st place sink in. 

As SEVENTEEN, you have challenged yourselves to various things. Please give some advice to people who would like to challenge themselves.

Starting something for the first time can be difficult, but once you try it, you often realize that it’s not as bad as you imagine. That’s why even if it’s scary, I think it’s good to at least try it first. Last year I was challenged to do a musical “Excalibur”. It was a great experience and I am happy that by the end of it all I felt that “I want to do it again!” So I think everyone can do it!

Tell us about an episode during your first musical.

During the first act, there’s a party scene. I was so nervous on the opening day, my hand was shaking so much while I was holding the sake cup lol. At first, I was awkward because I wasn’t used to acting, but my acting seniors help paced with me and we were able to finish the performance nicely.

You have been on a World Tour since your Seoul show in August of 2019. How does this World Tour compare with your first one?

In order to communicate with our Japanese fans, we had more members who studied Japanese. Our Japanese Carats seem to enjoy themselves more with each tour as well. I feel that we became similar to each other. There’s a saying that “birds of a feather flock together” and I believe that SEVENTEEN and CARAT are just that! 

When was the first time you were touched by teamwork?

After we debuted, I feel like our bond has only gotten stronger. I love and cherish SEVENTEEN more and more as the number of rings increase. It is important for teamwork to be aware of the importance of the members, but I think we have developed mutual love by caring for each other.

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Final Thoughts

I hope I was able to translate what the members were saying well. I really like how they answered their questions. The way Mingyu encourages people to “just do it” when you want to try stuff, I agree with him 100%. You’ll never know until you try something. You can always drop it later if you decide that it’s not for you. Also, the fact that he said he’s been into video editing made me remember the video he edited and posted on Youtube. I really want to go back and watch that now. ✨

As for DK, when he said that he felt like Carats are very similar to SEVENTEEN, it made me really happy because I agree with him! As bright, crazy, wild and friendly SEVENTEEN is; Carats I’ve met are the same. I love both SEVENTEEN and Carats. I hope we can be together for a long time 💖

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Feel free to use my not so great translation to share this article! Credit would be nice, but I won’t hunt you down if none is given. I just want to share SEVENTEEN’s message to the world since I am able to 😊

-Just another carat signing off now ❤️

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